South Grey Museum curator Robert Iantorno stands in front of artefacts and materials that will be part of the museum's displays when it re-opens.
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — South Grey Museum has been closed since mid February, during which time renovations have been taking place quietly inside.
We visited with Robert Iantorno, South Grey Museum's curator to find out what has been happening. He happily took us on a tour to explain his plans.
When you first walk into the museum, the main part of the construction project is apparent, the drop ceiling has been removed.
"The suspended ceiling was taken down and the ceiling will be painted black, for a more open and interesting space. We also gained 3' of wall space," explained Iantorno enthusiastically. "New LED track lighting is on order and when it's installed, it's going to wash the walls with light. There will be a new kids area, a mural for a colouring wall, learning materials, and children's artefacts hanging from the ceiling," he said.
A reception desk with butcher block counter, 8' x 8' plywood wall with open shelving for display space will be front-and-centre when you enter the museum. The museum's logo will be on the front and a statement of purpose will be on the other side.
Display cases in the museum will be put on casters to allow them to be moved out of the room when events take place.
Sections of the museum will be dedicated to black history, rotating exhibits of photography and paintings, South Grey Museum history, a speaker's stage, lounge space, local railway history, local doctors, Agnes Macphail history and her piano, and a first nations exhibit. A refreshment station will be installed along one wall at counter height for visitors' use.
Artefacts will be mounted on the wall behind the stage and a pull down screen will be installed for videos and slideshows during events.
The rudimentary artefact lab will be updated to enhance the care and photography of the collection.
Iantorno's hours have been extended to full time at the museum. He will be involved in community group events, a historical signage program, heritage, culture, teaching and outreach activities at local schools.
The museum remains in renovation mode and will be open by appointment only, until March 22, 2020.
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